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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Highly anticipated final book in The Coming Home Series from best-selling Amish author Barbara Cameron.
Rose Anna Zook has watched her two older sisters marry two Stoltzfus men and has always thought she and John, the third Stoltzfus brother, would marry, make a home together, and have children. But John has other ideas. He's enjoying his Rumschpringe in the Englisch world a little too much and isn't interested in returning to the Amish community-especially to marry.
Rose Anna is determined to bring her man back into the Amish fold. John is equally determined to live his life free and unencumbered. Who will win this battle of wills? Will love prevail?
Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award from RWA's Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara resides in Jacksonville, Florida.
We come to the end of a great series that has enchanted us and given us a glimpse into the Zook and Stoltzfus families. I have loved getting to know them and am sad to see it end. The author has done a great job of describing Amish life and making readers feel like they are watching the story unfold before them. I love how the story flows and the delicious sounding recipes at the back of the book.
Rose Ann is the youngest and unmarried daughter in the Zook home. She has longed for John for so long and still has hopes they will marry someday. She is a good cook but I think at times she focuses too much on getting married and not being content with where God has her. Will she learn to be patient and stop being manipulative?
John has turned away from his abusive father and now living on his own. He has chosen to live the way of the English and that has put a strain on relationships. I like his determination to make his life better and loved reading about the uncertainty he has about the Amish life. Will he return to his roots or stay in the English world? The author does a great job of showing the inner struggles John has and I loved how he learned lessons along the way.
What I am most impressed with is the mention of PTSD and domestic abuse in the book. I think the author did an amazing job of talking about both subjects in a gentle way. I loved how there were people willing to help those with PTSD and making them feel welcome . Domestic abuse happens everyday and I found it interesting when the author put in the story that abuse doesn't just happen in the English world.
Overall the book has a lot to offer and really does a great job of talking about characters who learn to forgive, repair relationships and follow God's plan for their lives.
I received a copy of this book from Litfuse. The review is my own opinion.
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